'Miss Sharon Jones!' to be shown at Imperial during Westobou

Sharon Jones



The Augusta Chronicle has learned that the widely-acclaimed documentary film Miss Sharon Jones! about the world-wide rhythm and blues star and Augusta native will be shown at Imperial Theatre in late September during the 2016 Westobou Festival.

The movie will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.  General admission tickets at $20 go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, available online at westoboufestival.com or bought in person at the Westobou Box Office, 1129 Broad St., which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are not being sold at Imperial. There are limited quantities of discounted tickets for students and military with corresponding valid photo ID also available at the Westobou Box Office.

Both Jones and director Barbara Kopple are planning to attend the Augusta screening and are taking questions from the audience following the showing.

Kopple, who co-produced the film with David Cassidy for New York City-based Cabin Creek Films, won Academy Awards for Best Documentary, Features, in 1977 for Harlan County, USA about a Kentucky miners’ strike and in 1991 for American Dream, about a food company strike in Minnesota.

She also co-produced with Cecilia Peck, daughter of actor Gregory Peck, and directed the 2006 movie Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing about the Texas trio’s criticism of Texas-born U.S. President George W. Bush during a concert in London and the resulting fan backlash.

Miss Sharon Jones! had its debut a year ago in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival and since has been shown at major film gatherings across the nation and in other countries as afar as New Zealand.

Although the film follows Jones through her year-long battle with cancer and supposedly beating it, Jones announced at the Toronto screening that her cancer had returned.

Earlier this month, she had her management company cancel a European tour that was supposed to start Aug. 18 in Portugal and conclude Aug. 28 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with stops between in London, Belgium and France.

Jones, who turned 60 on May 4, has been keeping up a heavy tour calendar with sold-out theaters and arenas across the nation. Many of the dates have been opening shows for Hall & Oates.

Her album, Give The People What They Want, was nominated for a Grammy; she continues to appear on all the major late night and day-time talk shows and she and her band The Dap Kings are seen performing The Allman Brothers’ song Midnight Rider in a recent Lincoln car commercial featuring actor Matthew McConaughey.



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